My 2nd favorite American city

I relied exclusively on public transportation and by the time I left, it was my 2nd favorite American city.

Cupola Pizzeria. My favorite pizza outside of NYC
Back in August 2004, me, 2 friends and a cousin flew into San Francisco and out of Los Angeles. We rented a car and stayed in some suburb (I can’t remember the name) of San Francisco for the first few nights. We didn’t like San Francisco too much and were in no hurry to go back. In fact, we were so excited when we got to Los Angeles because we thought San Francisco was kind of boring.
I wanted to do something for Labor Day weekend and had enough US Airways frequent flier miles to get a free flight. San Francisco seemed the best deal and I decided to give it another chance (this time staying in the city with no car). I relied exclusively on public transportation and by the time I left, it was my 2nd favorite American city. I stayed at the Mayflower Hotel in Nob Hill and used the street car to get up the “Hill.”
I really appreciated the bay area weather this time. Never too cold, never too hot. I’m one of the few people who appreciate the UK weather. I don’t like extremes, but I’ll deal with them if I have to.
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Belfast Black Taxi Tour

As soon as my friend and I got to the center of Belfast, we were harassed by two competed black taxi tour companies. They were so loud and obnoxious, we had to tell them to calm down or we would look somewhere else.

As soon as my friend and I got to the center of Belfast, we were harassed by two competed black taxi tour companies. They were so loud and obnoxious, we had to tell them to calm down or we would look somewhere else.
Our driver told us that his mother never had all of her children present during the holidays because every year at least one of them was in jail. When I was growing up, a “terrorist” was Italian, Basque or Irish. The generation after mine (at least the ones I talk to) are barely aware of that. When they hear the word “terrorist,” they only think of one region.
My friend and I were both glad we didn’t leave Ireland without spending a day in Belfast.
At the end of our black taxi tour, your driver is supposed to tell you where their loyalties lie. Belfast felt as safe as any other UK city I’ve visited. Che Guevara is considered a hero in Northern Ireland. The people are very aware that he had Irish blood.
My friend Chris writes on the wall.
The occupy movement was in full force in Belfast.
We were told this hotel was bombed and rebuilt several times. It would have been interesting to stay here if we weren’t just doing a day trip from Dublin.
My friend and I really wanted to try Irish food. We talked around the area near the bus station a bit and couldn’t agree on anything……..until we found a Lebanese restaurant. It didn’t disappoint. Yes Mediterranean food is still my favorite!